Since Sunday, Louisville has had 2.92 inches of rain with a bit more expected Tuesday afternoon. Officials said the recent rains continued to push the Ohio River above its flood stage of 23 feet.
The forecast crest issued by the National Weather Service Louisville is 28.4 feet on Thursday, a drop of just over a foot in the forecast crest.
Even so, it would be the 34th highest crest ever on the Ohio River at Louisville and the sixth-highest level in the last 40 years, according to John Belski’s blog.
No additional heavy rains are expected into the weekend, so the crest will not last long, Belski wrote, adding it would be sometime next week before the river goes back below flood stage.
Louisville MSD, which maintains Louisville Metro’s Ohio River Flood Protection System, said Tuesday that it did not anticipate the need to install any floodwall roadway closures, adding that could change next week if river levels increase.
So far, MSD said, 12 of its 16 pumping stations were in service; three more would be added Tuesday and Wednesday.